It’s been almost 20 years since the release of the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) role-playing game. While the title was extremely successful and beloved by the Star Wars community, I’m glad they waited so long to do a proper remake.
I can still remember the first time I booted up KOTOR and dove into the story BioWare created. It was a fantastical time, and one that brought me even closer to a world I’d grown to adore thanks to movies and other video games of the time. But it was also the first time such a deep look had been given to that universe. The first time I truly felt I could do something to impact that world. I expect many others felt similarly in this situation, and that over the years, KOTOR has meant a lot to many out there who call RPGs home.
Despite all the love that I have for the game—and all the times I’ve dreamed of a remake—I’m glad it has taken as long as it has. Sure, having to play a clunky and outdated version isn’t the greatest, but the fact that the original hasn’t aged well also means we’re less likely to receive a lazy remake that leaves both long-time and new fans wishing it hadn’t happened.